Jeremy Martin

Jeremy Martin

About Jeremy
Hello, my name is Jeremy Martin, and I'm a writer fascinated by place. Place is much more than a result of geography, it's a product of history and culture too. It is a complex concept;...
Projects
I always have a few irons in the fire, something I'm trying out for the first time or for the thousandth time. Pursuing a project is a way of exploring, and the best part of...

About The Restless Lens

Hi, welcome to The Restless Lens, my website. I’m Jeremy Martin. This site is an outpost for my personal interests, inspirations, ideas and work on the internet, hosted outside the walled gardens of social media sites.  I also run the websites Culture Curious and Culicurious with my wife, Addie.

My Writing

The Key and the String
The Key and the String
Addie and I are staying the month in a small and very lovely war-era Dutch row house, which our host generously gives us freedom to...
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A Brief Guide to My Emoji Usage
A Brief Guide to My Emoji Usage
I was sending someone a text message the other day and needed just the right emoji. The conversation was completely over by the time I...
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The Magical Times of Day
The Magical Times of Day
I'm just going to go ahead and assume that everybody has a "magical" time of day: a moment on the clock face you enjoy, and...
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The Knowledge it Takes
The Knowledge it Takes
Was just walking around Luling, Louisiana, thinking about how much you have to know to really understand a place, when I found the perfect example...
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Interesting Links

Evidence
Evidence
Can the cryptic, strange, and disparate contents of government agency photography archives be art? Of course they can! At least when assembled by artists with the...
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The Writer Can Xue
The Writer Can Xue
I just finished Frontier after reading about it and Can Xue in this article, which I can say is very accurate when it comes to the...
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George Saunders Explains What Writers Do
Leave it to a guy like George Saunders to explain what writers do when they write in a completely new and pretty unique and totally fascinating and...
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A Jordanian “Emergency Room for the Mind”
A Jordanian “Emergency Room for the Mind”
Allow me to introduce Hamzeh Al Maaytah, one of my newest personal heroes, who maintains a 24 hour, pay what you can, exchange what you've got...
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The Night Sky Over the Next 5 Million Years
Thanks to the work done by the ESA's Gaia mission, we have a map of two million stars and enough history data that we can...
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Check Out These Succulent Cakes
Check Out These Succulent Cakes
I'm blown away by these cakes by Iven Kawi, which apparently really are edible food and not merely gorgeous arrangements of various succulent plants. -...
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On the Polar Architectural Vernacular
On the Polar Architectural Vernacular
Though it falls well outside my usual reading habits (and why should that matter, you ask, quite correctly), this book, "Many Norths" looks pretty intriguing. From...
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The New Clouds Are Here!
The New Clouds Are Here!
For the first time in 30 years, the World Meteorological Organization in adding new cloud types to its atlas! So, this begs the question: are...
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Spare Time

It happens to me every weekend: Friday comes and I embrace my freedom. I go out, I see the sights, I wander around the city with new eyes, loving every person and every smoke choked bar because they are signs of the life I don’t get at work during the …

Halloween

I’m not too much of a Halloween person. When it comes to costuming, Mardi Gras Day is more my speed, though recently I’ve even been leaving town for that to avoid the inconveniences. However, this year my wife and I got a little bit into the spirit of things and …

Our Histories

Often, in the moments immediately prior to falling asleep, some idea of another will come rattling down my tired synapses and disturb the otherwise steady progression of sleep in my brain. Usually I will be lazy and let this idea float off with the rationalization that, if the idea was …

People

I don’t understand people. They act in all kinds of irrational ways and are subject to the strangest impulses. They make uninformed decisions then act surprised when the obvious consequences occur. How am I so different? I act rationally, I think things through. I don’t actually believe, opportunity aside, that …

Simplicity

It all started as a bigger plan that I won’t go into now. The gist of it was that my wife and I had to become a leaner, more agile unit. Living in a three room shotgun, we weren’t exactly cumbersome or laden with possessions, but we still had more …

Waking Up

It’s damn early and I’m not quite awake. The sound of my fingers on this keyboard is annoying in the otherwise quiet kitchen were I sit and write this. I am full of reservations about my day at this early hour. I worry about all the things I know I …

Season Change

Its already Halloween. I can’t believe it. Seems like yesterday we were still sweating under the oppression of peak hurricane season, air conditioners blasting. Today our houses are open, the air lighter, a little cooler, and a whole lot more enjoyable. The clear searing blue sky of autumn has made …